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Press Release

MCC Statement on the Situation in Niger

For Immediate Release

August 2, 2023

WASHINGTON (August 2, 2023) – The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is gravely concerned about the present circumstances in Niger, including the detention of President Mohamed Bazoum and key ministers, the asserted suspension of the constitution, and the dissolution of the state institutions of the elected government in Niger. These actions are contrary to the principles of democratic governance and the rule of law that underpin MCC’s fundamental eligibility criteria.

Since 2006, MCC has worked in partnership with the Government of Niger to provide significant grant-funded support in critical areas such as girls’ education, agriculture, irrigation, and roads to improve the lives of millions of Nigeriens.

All MCC partner countries are expected to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the principles of democratic governance and the rule of law to remain eligible for MCC funding. MCC calls for the immediate release of President Bazoum and his family, and the restoration of all state functions of the legitimate, democratically elected government of Niger.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation is an independent U.S. government agency working to reduce global poverty through economic growth. Created in 2004, MCC provides time-limited grants and assistance to countries that meet rigorous standards for good governance, fighting corruption and respecting democratic rights.